Getting married is an important milestone in most people’s lives, and it is said to be a day you will never forget. Because it is so special, couples are now deciding to have their weddings abroad. However, as lovely as the idea may be, it can be difficult to execute when it comes to considering the costs involved for the couple, as well as the guests. According to This Is Money, you will still have to spend around £8,000 on your wedding abroad to cover the majority of the costs. So, In order to help you plan for your big day affordably, we’ve put together a few tips on how to cut costs on your wedding abroad.
1. Book the right destination
First and foremost you should focus on choosing the right destination for the occasion. Choosing the perfect place can sometimes be a challenge so it is important that you take some time to discuss your ideas and visions with your partner so you create the best day for the both of you.
Among some of the most popular abroad wedding destinations are Indonesia, South Africa, and Europe. According to The Telegraph, however, some of the most beautiful and affordable destinations in 2017 were Mauritius, Malta and various parts of the US, excluding flights. To reduce your costs even further, look into getting connecting flights, and consider having your wedding abroad in a country that you have friends or family. This way, you can cut accommodation costs, and avoid having to pay for your guests’ flights over!
You might also want to think about flying somewhere nearby. If you live in the UK, there are various beautiful destinations only a few hours away by flight, such as Florence in Italy or Marbella in Spain. You can get return flights for as little as £150! What a dream!
2. Hire a local wedding planner
After you found the right location for your destination wedding, one of the best tips you can practise is hiring a local wedding planner. A wedding planner can help you alleviate some of that wedding stress by helping you set everything on track in advance and making sure everything runs smoothly. Even more, if they’re a local, they can help you find the best deals in your chosen location while also negotiating the prices on your behalf. This will come in handy, especially since you might not be accustomed to the practices or the language of the country you’ve chosen.
So, don’t waste any more time! The sooner you start looking for someone to help you, the more time they will have to set a schedule for you to follow and begin the preparations for the big day.
3. Make sure you don’t invite too many people
When getting married, there is always the temptation of inviting every single person you know or the obligation to invite certain people so they don’t get offended. However, if you don’t want to spend too much money overall, you might want to keep the list of people you invite to family and close friends. Every extra person you decide to call means extra costs, and since you want to organise your wedding abroad, those costs are slightly higher than they would’ve been otherwise. What’s more, some guests might need you to cover some of their accommodation or travel expenses, so be prepared to subsidize some of their payments if you want them to be there.
Taking all of these things into consideration, you might want to think twice before inviting that co-worker that you spoke to only once or your best friend from nursery that you haven’t seen since!
4. Get in on those package deals
One thing that you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on are the many wedding package deals. These deals are a great help to couples who are looking to get married abroad, and can help minimise costs massively.
There are plenty of destination wedding specialist providers out there that offer various celebration packages for each individual couple. They will include things like the wedding ceremony and reception, the entertainment, food, make-up, photography, and any other little details that you can think of. Because you are choosing them to do your whole wedding, they tend to work out less expensive than booking things separately.
If you would rather not do this yourself, you can always request the help of a local wedding planner. They are more likely to know the best deals and can make some recommendations that are suitable for your wants and needs.
5. Set the date out of season
The time of the year in which you want to get married will affect both the price and the choice of destinations you might have. But, if you want to make sure that you keep a lid on the costs, you’ll probably want to set the date out of season. What’s more, if your chosen destination is one of the more popular locations, the wedding season can be incredibly crowded and expensive, and you will probably have to book way in advance for there to be availability.
Booking your special day out of season has plenty of benefits. You’ll probably get better deals, enjoy more flexibility, and feel less stressed. So, take some time to consider all of your options and make sure you keep an open mind in terms of dates. After all, winter weddings don’t always mean rubbish weather and grey skies. Check out some of the best winter sun destinations for some more inspiration.
To sum up, your wedding day is probably going to be one of the most memorable events of your life. So, make sure you think about everything and start planning it well in advance. Whatever your choice of location, using our tips will bring you one step closer to the big day, whilst making sure you don’t break the bank. After all, you’ll be a newly-wed soon and you’ll want to start saving for your new life together.
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